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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 14, 2006 8:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I was lucky enough to catch 3 Dead shows and One Zappa show at the Fox in '78 when I was attending Univ of South Carolina, Columbia, it is a beautiful old Movie theater from the hey day of film making, with an Egyptian motif (I remember large Thrones in the Foyer), purple velvet bathrooms (back then anyway) and a ceiling painted with clouds and stars glittering in the "sky'. It also is a very historic setting as the theater that held the premier of Gone With The Wind in the 30's.

I must say, however, that I am underwhelmed by this week's selection, and I disagree with the Dr's assertion that '85 was somehow a culmination of the Brent era. For me the peak Brent years are Fall of '79, late 80-83, with a ressurgence from 89-90. There are other great Fox shows that I prefer to this one, particularly the '77 show, but that is just one guy's opinion.

For me, this is a pretty good show from an unremarkable year. I do really like the Bird Song and Deal. The second set is stronger, I do like the Crazy Fingers and the post drums is nice too with a very nicely done Wheel>Other One>Wharf Rat. All in all, a nice show, but nothing that really stands out to me.

Having said that, I certainly do not expect to be in complete agreement with all the selections in this project, and I, for one, love to see and express honest opinions, both positive and negative, as long as they are civil. I know that there are very few shows that will please all of us and I am sure that there are very many here who will love this show. I look forward to the upcoming shows over the ensuing months. And I am confident that the Dr. will continue to make selections that keep the discussions lively and unpredictable.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-09-15 03:50:41

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Poster: Equinox49 Date: Sep 14, 2006 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I have been listening to the boys for years amd honestly have never heard anything I don't like. I always love to listen to shows that others suggest as I love everything they ever did up until the very end. I tend to listenharder when someone else recommends it. But there is one thing you always have to do, CRANK IT UP until the neighbors can hear!

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Sep 14, 2006 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Thanks for the memories of the Fox - velvet bathrooms, yes!!
I can't really disagree PGel, I've been deep into 82-83 lately, probably my next 80's pick will be one of these - awfully strong shows. And indeed 1984 was a bit of a lapse. But how much of June 85 or Nov 85 have you heard? I've found some suprisingly good shows in there.
Plus, however much stock one puts in Deadbase, the survey graph for favorite year puts 1985 waaay up there. Just wanted to pick something a little from left field. I've got plenty of the old chestnuts on my list as well - unfortunately many of my top ten for the 69-72 period are not on LAMA any more, so I'm gonna have to dig deeper.
be well,
The Dr. :-)

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I know you can pick better then this one! I would have like to have seen the 10/25 or 10/26 (listen to C/R from 10/26) if you were going to pick something from the fall run; two shows where an excellent tape doesn't circulate on the archive, but at least one does elsewhere. The 2nd set of 10/29 starts off wonderful, but nothing past Franklins really does it for me. The crazy fingers is not one of the stronger version of the year compared to spring/summer.

I think with your picks you don't have to worry about sound quality as much as you normally would in a recommendation. We are all ears here, and we'll be listening intently to see what shines insides your pics. I can deal with slightly inferior sound quality on your pics if there is magic inside what you recommend.

And keep the 80's coming. I am really looking forward to see what you pull out from '84 and '86.

FYI - there is an amazing charlie miller remaster of 10/29 out there if anyone are looking to dl this one.

This post was modified by The Bopper on 2006-09-15 05:51:23

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I appreciate the effort and research you have put into all this, Doc. As you know so much about the band is personal taste and preferences, one person's stellar show/year is another's dog, that's what makes this project so potentially fascinating and fun!! Keep up the good work.

I attended about 20 shows in '85, including the Greeks, Frost Amphitheater, Irvine, Ventura,the late summer Texas and Midwest/Rockies shows and New Years. most of my shows after 1980 were West of the Mississippi, but I did make occassional forays to the East Coast on Occassion. I have heard some of june and October, but not all.

By the way, I personally love '81, it was a stellar year for me and I think iyt has some of the most overlooked shows of the Brent era.

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Poster: sperry Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Brent was fine in those years, wasn't he?
That, and 83,84,85........


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